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Occupational Therapy (PhD)

Admissions Requirements

The Occupational Therapy doctoral programs select students based on cumulative GPA, interviews and personal statements, letters of recommendation, and potential for success in the program.

Minimum Requirements:

  • applicants must have a minimum cumulative master’s degree or a professional doctoral GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • graduate-level research methods course
  • introductory statistics course
  • master's degree
  1. Applicants must have a bachelor's or master's degree in occupational therapy from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized university or college and be eligible to practice within one year of initiating the program.  If the applicant's bachelor's degree is in occupational therapy, then the applicant's master's degree may be in any field  A graduate of NSU's Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.) program is assured admission to NSU's occupational therapy doctoral programs if his or her GPA in the on-campus M.O.T. program is 3.7 of higher and other standards for admission are met
  2. International applicants must present the equivalent of a bachelor's degree and evidence of successful completion of an O.T. educational program approved by WFOT. Coursework taken at foreign institutions must be evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) organization, such as one of the services listed below.
    • World Education Services, Inc.
      P.O. Box 745
      Old Chelsea Station
      New York, NY 10113-0745
      (212) 966-6311
    • Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
      International Education Consultants
      7101 SW 102nd Avenue
      Miami, FL 33173
      Phone: (305) 273-1616
      Fax: (305) 273-1338
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
      P.O. Box 415070
      Milwaukee, WI 53203
      (414) 289-3400
      It is the applicant's responsibility to have the course work evaluated.  An official course-by-course evaluation with a cumulative grade point average must be sent directly from the evaluation service to NSU's Enrollment Processing Services.
  3. International applicants also must take the test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and obtain a score of 550 or higher for written or 213 or higher for the computer-based test.
  4. All students will be required to have a computer that meets the recommended minimum specifications

The dean is empowered to evaluate the total qualifications of every applicant and to modify requirements in unusual circumstances.

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